We are malleable beings — free to tweak, experiment, shift. Sometimes, though, we forget that small things can become game-changers.
What if it’s simple to make specks of difference?
Who knows what surprise these subtractions or additions can bring into our lives?
These changes don’t have to be grand like losing X amount of weight, switching to ketogenic diet, reading X amount of books, checking 10 or more things off our to-do lists. We only have so much energy to spend in a day.
Instead, we can set our minds free by working on one change at a time.
Look into your daily routine — the small details that make up your empire. What needs a little tweaking? What can be added to amplify your day? What needs to be given up and replaced? These changes, when they add up, can greatly improve our well-being.
Here’s for a start:
- Wake 10 minutes earlier than usual
- Bask in the morning light
- Take a short burst of walk
- Take a detour to work
- Smile to a stranger
- Decline a piece of bread
- Add a new spice to an old dish
- Try squats or planking
- Say thank you more often
Our willpower is surprisingly weak so to make it easier to shift into a habit is to make it convenient. When it’s easier to jump-start the change, it encourages consistency. Wear your gym clothes ahead, do it the same time at the same day, tie the habit with another habit, create an accountability partner, make good calories available so it’s easier to grab. Change your surroundings little by little and you change yourself.
We are ingrained to our habits — more than we realize — so taking comfort in doing the same things is easier, more preferable. As someone who breaks even a good habit, I can say there isn’t a foolproof recipe to stick to the changes we seek for ourselves. The key to make things stick, I realized, is to know intimately what works for us. The only way to figure it out is to experiment ourselves.
To forge a habit is to scrutinize our values. What truly matters to you? If you’re seriously seeking to improve your health, you shoot long term, right? Sure there will be loopholes along the way but it sure helps when we sit with the discomfort and converse with it. Re-examining our reasons for keeping a habit will either break or spear us forward. So we might as well cultivate a great reason.
Whatever changes we aspire to make, we are only to progress if we work on minute changes at a time and revisit our values often. By doing so, we can take pride on the improvement and novelty we deliberately bring into our lives.
We are lucky to be sentient, luckier even to be malleable! Let’s not forget that small can be big, specks can be fireworks.